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How Can I Become More Productive?

A person at work

That’s not the right question to ask.

Instead you should ask yourself Do I need to be more productive? and Why do I think I need to be more productive?

Don’t feel that you need to be more productive because the words and ideas some guru have wormed their way into your brain. Don’t feel that you need to be more productive because others are doing more than you. Don’t wind up like the person who posted to social media about needing to be productive over the holidays.

Looking for excuses to be productive isn’t. Think about what being more productive will mean. Not in terms of ego or bragging rights, but in terms of what you’re going to get done. Will you be working on something important that will change you in some, I hope positive, way? Or will you be filling those seemingly dead moments with small tasks that have minimal consequence?

Remember that productivity isn’t a race. It isn’t a competition to see who can do the most. Productivity isn’t an end in itself. It’s a means to an end. Nothing more, nothing less.

That end? To do what you need to do in the fastest, most efficient way you can.

Keep that in mind and you won’t worry about how to be more productive. You’ll find the level of productivity that suits you, and you’ll be able to reap its benefits.

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